On April 16th of next year I'll be running the Boston Marathon, as a member of the Spaulding Rehab Marathon Team, to benefit Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
I'm honored and privileged to be running with a number provided by two guys who have become tremendously important to me and my family: My good friend Steve Woolfenden and his son Leo - my son Tom’s best friend.
Steve and Leo were both injured in the 2013 Marathon bombings. Steve lost his left leg below the knee and Leo, at age 3, suffered a fractured skull and hearing damage among other related trauma.
You can read more here in a recent Boston Globe story about Leo's background and the challenges he's faced in his short time on the planet - greater than most will likely ever know:
Steve is interviewed here by Spaulding staff...where he offers his perspective on the charity I'll be raising money for:
Steve and I went road biking or mountain biking together nearly every weekend this spring and summer.
He's a phenomenally nice, bright guy (cancer biologist) who is also one of the toughest people I've ever met. He's better at mountain biking than I am and I've seen him take a dozen falls that would have ended my day - he just dusted off and kept going.
Leo and my son Tom came to be fast friends as they both benefited from the magnificent support system that exists in our local schools...their friendship born out of the fact that they were both dealt some poor breaks early in life; Leo with his obvious hardships and Tom as his mom became very ill and passed away while he was very young.
My wife Michele was also supported by Spaulding as she was immediately transferred to the facility that used to exist near North Station for nearly a month after our son Ted was born....later she spent even more time at the facility near Harvard Square.
So this charity is dear to me for more reasons than I can count.
Thanks in advance for any support you can lend in my fundraising efforts.
A direct link to donate is here:
Let me know whatever questions you might have.
Thanks again guys